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I want to Install a new OS, and don't want to risk losing another Hard Drive (I'm starting to run low), so I'm curious what everyone else is doing. I've had a few (4) drives go unreadable/unwritable on me, and it's always been after I try to format them.
    
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I want to Install a new OS, and don't want to risk losing another Hard Drive (I'm starting to run low), so I'm curious what everyone else is doing. I've had a few (4) drives go unreadable/unwritable on me, and it's always been after I try to format them.
Do a full format, not quick.
I dedicate a 30gig partition to the OS.
You've got some bad luck with drives, I've only lost one in about 10 years.
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Partition like this:

C: Drive for Windows
D: for your applications, games and data

If for any reason you need to reinstall windows, you just format your C: drive, and your D: drive will still hold your data.
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Yeah, like grunion said, do a full format through computer management if you can. When you install an OS on a blank drive it does a quick format. Through computer management you can make it the format you want/need and it does it correctly, then install the OS on it
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Doh, lol I have been doing the quick format out of repetition. It didn't honestly even occur to me, but it makes total sense.

However, I did once literally kill a drive using Killdisk (I think it's what it was called. It was on that Ultimate Boot Disk and I remember it stating it writes 0's to the drive), so I don't mess with that one anymore.
    
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when i reinstall an o/s i wipe the hd's to zero's all the time with no problem.
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Originally Posted by kaxx View Post
I want to Install a new OS, and don't want to risk losing another Hard Drive (I'm starting to run low), so I'm curious what everyone else is doing. I've had a few (4) drives go unreadable/unwritable on me, and it's always been after I try to format them.
If your data security is most important to you, then I'd highly recommend having 2 hard drives at a minimum in your system.

Depending on the size of the drives, you can then partition the main system drive so that your O/S and applications have their own space (I usually use 60 to 100 GB for this) and your data has it's own space.

The 2nd hard drive would contain your system backups. You can use applications like Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image to make backups of your system and data partitions and save those images to the 2nd hard drive. That way if your main drive ever fails, you can recover your data. Since the backup drive won't be spinning frequently the chances that it would fail are greatly decreased.

Good luck in securing your data.
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The GParted Live CD is a great tool. I just used it for the first time preparing drives for dual booting. If you do use it, I recommend selecting mode 1 (intermediate), then manually select Versa video and 1024x768 screen size.
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Thanks a ton guys!!! I don't know how, but I got 2 failed drives to work without a problem the other day (the other 2 are MIA, I may have tossed them...). I honestly hven't a clue how, but they both fired up no problem. Back when they first "failed", I tried everything from using windows (which stated it was working fine in device manager) to format it, which either hung in one spot for hours or got near the end and stated it couldn't finish for whatever reason. Also used Killdisk (or whatever it was, read post 5) and it hung at 0% overnight once. I tried using 3 different Ultimate CD burns each with different downloads, but it wouldn't work.

Anyway, I used the windows Install disk, and formatted it not using the "quick format" option as mentioned above, and it installed windows right away on both disks, the other I have on RAID 0 in my sig rig, but for some strange reason I had to use my backup rig to format both HD's, my sig rig with Vista 64 or XP wouldn't find them,

I'm currently on my backup rig typing this and installing Cubase with dual CRT 15" and 17" monitors, very old skool but also sweet to still have a use for Windows XP for a while longer until they straighten out my E-MU card drivers for Vista 64.
    
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